Former Premier League and England keeper, Paul Robinson has heralded Celtic’s form to the extent that he feels the Hoops will not notice the return to action of Jeremie Frimpong.
Speaking to Football Insider, he explains why Frimpong won’t go straight into the starting XI now that he is fit and available for selection.
So what has Robinson said?
When asked how big Frimpong’s return was as Neil Lennon’s side look to continue their impressive start to 2020, he said:
“They do not need him the way they are playing!”
“They have stretched the lead and it looks like the league is now sewn up.”
“Frimpong coming back in is a big boost because he has been playing well this year. It is not a timely return though because their form and the results they are getting they are not in need of changing much around.”
So is Robinson correct?
Technically, yes, regardless of how popular he is, the Hoops have won every game since Alan Power’s challenge put the Dutch under-21 international on the sidelines with James Forrest deputising in the right wing-back role that forms a key part of Lennon’s 3-5-2 formation.
Frimpong does offer a lot in an attacking sense but so does Forrest plus there isn’t the same responsibility on him to defend, at this stage of his career there is no way the youngster could match the Scotland international’s goal scoring or creative record – 16 goals and 21 assists – even from an advanced position.
The way that Lennon has been setting up, with a more defensive/natural full-back on the left in Greg Taylor and Forrest on the right has allowed a more balanced set-up and even the opportunity to change shape within the game without having to alter personnel.
James Forrest or Jeremie Frimpong?
Forrest is one of Lennon’s favourite players and Frimpong will have a battle on his hands if he is to replace a player who has been there and got every t-shirt during the Parkhead side’s dominance of Scottish football since 2012.